The Admirals quest for the third goal remains after falling 3-2 in a shootout to Rockford Wednesday night. Milwaukee led the game 2-0 entering the third period and had outplayed the IceHogs through the first two periods, but a lazy penalty would lead to a goal, and a late IceHog goal forced overtime. With momentum, the IceHogs had the better chances in overtime but didn’t capitalize. But in the shootout Rockford scored on four of five chances and won the game.
The beginning of the end started with a Grant Lewis holding penalty in the third; on the ensuing power play Rockford held the puck in the zone and Kyle Beach took advantage of a loose rebound. Ivan Vishnevskiy took a slap shot from the point that rebounded off of Mark Dekanich to forward Ben Smith. He only got a piece of the puck, but Beach was able to bury it.
Here’s coach Lambert on the turning point…..
After icing the puck with less than 1:30 left in the third, Milwaukee called timeout to rest the players and discuss the following sequence. What happened next was not the outcome they were looking for. Rockford won the draw clean, and Ivan Vishnevsky made a pass to the side boards. Ben Smith then passed through two Admirals (Begin and Palin) to the backdoor and Jeffe Taffe tapped in the game tying goal with 1:09 left in the third.
Lambert’s take on the faceoff and goal…..
In overtime the Ads looked stunned; Milwaukee turnovers lead to a couple of Rockford chances but Dekanich stood tall. However, the shootout wouldn’t go as well…
Rockford scored on four of five chances with Taffe notching the winning goal in a shooter friendly shootout. Milwaukee scored on three of their chances but still fell short.
It wasn’t all gloom and doom for Milwaukee, Jamie Lundmark notched the first tally at 13:32 of the first taking advantage of a Teemu Laakso shot that went just wide of the net. It appeared that Toivonen and the Rockford defense hesitated and Lundmark had a wide open net. It was Lundmark’s third goal of the season, both Laakso and Roman Josi assisted on the goal.
Aaron Johnson scored his first goal of the season snapping a rebound past Toivonen giving the Admirals a 2-0 lead. Linus Klasen started the play moving from inside the blue line to the top of circle were he found Andreas Thurresson. Thurresson got a shot that Toivonen misplayed and the puck bounced to the slot and sat waiting for somebody to shoot.
Dekanich finished the game with 25 saves and Toivonen stopped 24 shots. The Ads play their second of only three November home games Friday against Peoria.
What did you think of Hugh Jessiman in a Rockford uniform?
Coach Lambert left the post-game presser with “you can edit that out” after recapping tonights game. How disappointing was it to only get one point out of tonight’s game? (“you can edit that out” was PG-13 language)